and Breeze presents “Back to School”
September 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
As students everywhere return to
classes in September 2016, Keys and Breeze (Alice Lenaghan, flute, and Jana
Olvera, piano) will also return to the Woodland Opera House for another
creatively themed performance full of exciting repertoire and fascinating commentary.
On Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m., Keys and
Breeze will present a program titled “Back to School” featuring music for flute
and piano, solo flute, and solo piano that celebrates learning and the new
academic year as well as the change in the air as autumn approaches. Whether
you’re a young concert enthusiast or simply a lifelong learner, you’ll
experience an evening full of entertainment, education, and, as always, a few
Since 2005, the classical flute and
piano duo Keys and Breeze has joyfully collaborated on a series of local
concerts with a fresh, dynamic approach to live performance. The duo enjoys
performing both standard and “off-the-beaten-path” repertoire, and strives to
make classical concerts more audience-friendly by combining engaging (and often
humorous!) verbal commentary with intriguing musical selections. In their distinctively
themed performances, the performers move seamlessly from solo to ensemble
repertoire, sharing information on composers and styles along with candid
observations from the performers’ perspectives.
An active orchestral musician, Alice
Lenaghan is principal flute of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has performed
principal flute with the Detroit, Toledo, Flint and Napa Symphonies, and
Sacramento and Michigan Operas. She also frequently presents solo recitals and
has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, including the Folsom Lake Symphony
and center stage at the California State Fair.
Lenaghan has served on the faculties
of California State University-Chico, Albion College, Concordia and Oakland
(MI) Universities and for many years directed the flute ensembles with the
Sacramento Youth Symphony. She holds a doctorate in flute performance from the
University of Michigan in addition to performance degrees from Western Michigan
University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Pianist Jana LaHood Olvera is active
as a teacher and as a solo and collaborative artist. She earned degrees in
piano performance and pedagogy from Bradley University and the University of
Illinois and also studied piano at the graduate level at Indiana University.
Olvera earned her doctorate of musical arts degree in piano performance from
the University of Iowa, and was also an assistant professor of piano at Luther
College in Decorah, Iowa.
In addition to local collaborative
piano performances, Olvera has also presented several solo programs at the
Woodland Opera House, including “Animalia,” a family-oriented solo piano
recital, and “Simply Romantic,” featuring favorite 19th century repertoire.
Olvera teaches intermediate and advanced level piano in Woodland and also is
staff pianist at University Covenant Church in Davis.
Tickets for the performance are $15
in advance for adults, $20 at the door. For students under 17, tickets are $7 in
advance, $10 at the door. Click here to purchase your reserved seats